• Fjällräven Bergtagen Trousers

    MSRP: $350   Swimming through vertical snow halfway up a mountain in the Alaska Range, sweat dripping down my brow as I questioned my decision to come on this trip—a decision made in front of … Continue reading "Fjällräven Bergtagen Trousers"
  • Sterling Quest 9.6

      MSRP: $256   There’s no need to wear a tuxedo to the office (particularly if you’re working from home), but you don’t want to show up in a ratty t-shirt either. That’s kind of … Continue reading "Sterling Quest 9.6"
  • La Sportiva Testarossa 2.0

      MSRP: $199   Downturned, asymmetric and a supple midsole. A good car won’t fix a bad driver, but it’ll certainly make it harder for the bad driver to mess up. Likewise, the La Sportiva … Continue reading "La Sportiva Testarossa 2.0"
  • Asolo Eiger XT EVO

      MSRP: $625   The pandemic that kept us caged and steering clear of each other as if we had the plague has at least taught me to appreciate normal, small things. Frothy expresso sputtering … Continue reading "Asolo Eiger XT EVO"
  • Beal Ghost

    MSRP: $110   My criteria for reviewing a harness—or any gear for that matter—is that I really like it. Most harnesses are average, but I respect what Beal has done with their Ghost harness. For … Continue reading "Beal Ghost"
  • Petzl Dart Crampons

    MSRP: $250   Since the age of 4, I’ve been distrustful of interchangeable things. You should be too. Why? It’s never as easy in the commercial, and the stuff always breaks. Those arms on my … Continue reading "Petzl Dart Crampons"
  • La Sportiva Theory

    MSRP: $190   To be honest, I really, really liked the La Sportiva Theory. And I don’t say “really” often, much less twice. The new La Sportiva Theorys can be described in three words: Soft. … Continue reading "La Sportiva Theory"
  • Grivel Dark Machine

    MSRP: $420   Light, mean and versatile, the Dark Machine is Grivel’s newest tool in their “Machine” line—which also includes the Tech Machine, North Machine and Light Machine—and it is the most technical ice tool … Continue reading "Grivel Dark Machine"
  • Hippy Tree El Cap Collection

      Hippy Tree El Cap Trunk, 30% off — $44.76 $63.95  Hippy Tree El Cap Woven Shirt, 30% off — $43.36 $61.95 Hippy Tree El Cap Windbreaker, 30% off — $57.36 $81.95   Sometimes, you … Continue reading "Hippy Tree El Cap Collection"
  • AustriAlpin HMS Rondo Slide Autolock Carabiner

    MSRP: $16.95   Locking carabiners come in few different varieties: You’ve got your standard screwgate locker. Then you’ve got your autolocking twist-lock biner. There are the rarely-seen-in-the-wild  but oh-so-sexy Black Diamond Magnetron autolocking biners. And … Continue reading "AustriAlpin HMS Rondo Slide Autolock Carabiner"
  • Kailas Route Setter Tool Belt

      MSRP: $61 (only $39.95 on Amazon right now!)   For most route setters, tool belts are a must. Setters have an overabundance of things—hardware, safety gear, holds, gum, Clif Bar wrappers and other odds … Continue reading "Kailas Route Setter Tool Belt"

    Sponsored by VSSL   Price: $99 Weight: 12.7 oz Dimensions: 2” x 6” Tech: Integrated, Extended Clip and Flip Handle, Press Button Release, Stainless Steel Burr   The VSSL (pronounced “Vessel”) JAVA is a top-notch … Continue reading "VSSL JAVA"